Our shepherds care for the church here at Bammel, both in directional oversight and by caring for individuals and families. If you're a Bammel family member and you don't know who your shepherd is, contact us to find out.
Gerald and Cindy Bendele
Gerald and his bride, Cindy, came to know, believe and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ at Bammel in March of 1989. He began serving as a shepherd in 2002 and currently serves in the New Beginnings recovery ministry. She serves in the GriefShare ministry. Their daughter and son-in-law have blessed them with 4 precious grandchildren. Cindy enjoys spoiling the grandchildren whenever Gerald is out pursuing his mountain climbing hobby!
mark and joyce brannen
Mark and Joyce have been married 32 years as of August 2019. They have two children, Will (24) and Hannah (19). Will is a graduate of Harding University and is currently pursuing his masters in divinity from Harding School of Theology and Hannah is attending ACU with plans to become an Occupational Therapist.
The Brannens have been in Houston since 2005, moving as part of Mark's career with ExxonMobil, where he has enjoyed a variety of roles from IT Project Management to OT Manufacturing Advisor. Joyce is a wonderful 1st grade teacher for Klein ISD, currently providing her skills to Kuehnle Elementary.
Mark and Joyce's marriage is grounded in their faith. It has always been the center of their relationship. They met in church and have sought to serve the Lord and to raise their children according to his will. Mark and Joyce have been blessed and have pursued opportunities to serve the Lord in every church they've attended. They have both taught children’s and adult classes over the last 30 years and have truly been enriched and blessed by these experiences. They consider their church their extended family and are blessed to be at Bammel.
Marty and Terry Davis
Marty and Terry met at Harding University where Terry received a degree in elementary education and Marty in chemistry. They were married in 1979 and have three children, Caleb, Luke and Hannah and are currently in a holding pattern with four grandkids. They have been members at Bammel since 1980 when they moved back to Houston and Marty has been an elder since 2007. Marty currently works at Anadarko Petroleum in the global geoscience systems group of their IT department (no he probably cannot fix your computer) and Terry currently stays busy with volunteer work and Bible studies after teaching at Northland Christian School for over twenty years.
Rick and Steva Flowers
Rick, along with his wife, Steva, began attending Bammel in the summer of 2005. They have been married 33 years and have three grown children. Rick likes being involved with missions and has participated in many missions trips over the years. He also likes working with the youth and organizing special events.
chris and kalai mchan
Chris and Kalai McHan have made Bammel their home since 2008. Chris is a native of Ohio and Kalai was raised here in Houston. They met and graduated from Harding University. Over the past 28 years they have lived throughout the MidWest (MN, IL, OH). They have two adult children. Hayden is married to Bailey, and they live in Dallas. Lizzy is a student at Harding University. Chris is the President of Neusoft Medical Systems, USA. Kalai is an adjunct college instructor and CPA by trade. As a family the McHans are involved with foster care. They love spending time with family and friends, enjoy traveling, and trying new restaurants. Their desire is that every Bammel member is involved with at least one ministry using their special gifts / talents given to them by God.
robert and amy owens
Robert and Amy grew up in West Texas and met while attending church in Midland. After graduating from Lubbock Christian University, they lived in Midland until 2001 and then moved to Houston. They have three sons, Logan, who is married to Ruth and Zane and Garrett who both attend Harding university. Robert works for Chevron and Amy teaches science at Northland Christian.
Jimmy and Becky Poindexter
Jimmy and Becky met their freshman year at Lubbock Christian University and were married in Jal, NM in 1977. After living 13 years in Hobbs, NM, they moved to Houston and began attending Bammel in 1997. Their daughters, Kaela and Lara, graduated from ACU and later two exceptional sons-in-law, Bill and Clark, and precious grandchildren were added to the family. Jimmy worked for a major service company in the energy industry for 30 years and then joined a small specialty chemical company in 2010. Becky worked as a ministry assistant in the Bammel church office for nearly 20 years. Jimmy enjoys being a part of Bammel’s Worship Team, as well as serving in several other ministries. They enjoy traveling, including frequent trips to Chicago and Dallas to visit their family. Jimmy has been a shepherd since 2007 and considers it a joy to serve God and a church family who have blessed him, and his family, beyond measure.
Alvin and Kandi Poole
Kandi and Alvin have been married since 1995. They have two (three) kids; Kiana who attends University of North Texas, majoring in Biomedical Engineering, and Alvin, Jr. (AJ or just Alvin to him) who plays football and aspires to one day be a sports analyst or commentator for football and basketball. Alvin and Kandi also raised their niece (and current Bammel member), Erie from the age of twelve on. She is a proud Christian mother of two and is currently working, in school and aspiring to become a guidance counselor. Alvin has been a licensed physical therapist assistant for over twenty years, currently working for Kindred Healthcare. For twenty or so years, Kandi has made her career teaching music and is currently a high school choir director at Klein Forest high school. They both consider their jobs as part of their Christian ministry due to having so much intimate contact with the people they serve. Kandi and Alvin both grew up in Churches of Christ, with Kandi’s father serving as a long-time elder for one of the congregations here in Houston. Alvin was a “small town country boy” splitting time between Hempstead, TX where he was born and lived until he was ten, then in Jasper, TX until he graduated high school. The Poole’s have been attending Bammel for three years and literally “hit the ground running” when they arrived. They have been involved in teaching parenting classes, Financial Peace University, some teen classes, and are actively involved in the praise team ministry and the People Helping People ministry.
Chuck and Laura Rathbun
Chuck came to Bammel in 1981 where he met his wife, Laura, in the youth group. They have two wonderful boys, Taylor and Mason. Chuck loves the acceptance, love, and forgiveness that he feels at Bammel. He has spent over 30 years with the Kroger company and he loves to fish, both freshwater and saltwater.
Bobby and Donna Stephen
Bobby and Donna Stephen were married at Bammel in 1982, and have been worshiping with the Bammel church since that time. They met on a youth group mission trip in Colorado during high school, and then both attended Abilene Christian University. They have two sons who grew up at Bammel: Ryan, who is married to Jamie and lives in Austin; and Grant, who lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Bobby is currently serving as our interim executive minister, and Donna is a retired public school speech pathologist. They both enjoy traveling and finding new restaurants to enjoy in the Houston area.
jason and julia west
Julia is from Bryan, TX, and Jason is from Arkansas. They met at Texas A&M while studying math. Julia now teaches high school math, and Jason is an actuary. They have three sons.